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Monday, March 10, 2014

Sephardic Heritage trip to Spain 2014/5774: Day 6

After spending a wonderful weekend in Gibraltar, we got on the bus early in the morning and headed to Antequera, the Spanish city of Andalusia. In this beautiful city we hiked the El Torcal de Antequera, which is a nature reserve located in the Sierra de Torcal mountain range. The hike took about an hour (including all the stops we made to take pictures) and we even saw cows along the way! After our hike, we headed to the Alhambra, a palace and fortress located in Granada. This huge and exquisite fortress was converted into a palace in the year 1333 by Yusef I, Sultan of Granada. The palace exhibits Spain's most significant and well known Islamic architecture. It is also the palace in which the expulsion of the Jews of Spain was ordered by Ferdinand and Isabella. This may have been the largest and most beautiful palace we've seen, which may explain why it is Spain's #1 tourist attraction. From there hopped on a three hour bus ride to our hotel. At the end of the day, the total number of hours spent on the bus added up to around 15. But, these long hours were filled with laughter, entertainment and intense games of "would you rather." We are all so sad to leave Spain tomorrow morning, and head back to America, because of the amazing experiences we are having here.  ~Sarah Betesh